if you haven't already, check these folks out:
"REI, full time, young family" all key terms for them so their videos (youtube) could be of great help.
And since you are currently in NC, you might want to take a look at the thread I started to document the legal side of things in that state:
We ultimately decided to convert to house car as leaving the title 'bus' meant getting a CDL (even though the bus doesn't meet the definition of a commercial vehicle...whatevs) which included a required test inspection of a 'complete bus'...since we'd already removed the seats (and recycled them!) as well as the tired old floor, we would then need to find someone with a complete bus who was willing to put almost total novices behind the wheel...ain't happenin' in my lifetime!